Modbury Hospital

A Marshall Liberal Government will spend $110 million upgrading Modbury Hospital facilities and restoring vital services that the Weatherill Government removed as part of its controversial Transforming Health changes.

The Problem

Labor needed to find $1 million a day to pay for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, so it decided to close three hospitals and downgrade three more – including Modbury Hospital.

Modbury Hospital downgrades included:

  • Transferring complex surgery to Lyell McEwin and other hospitals
  • Withdrawing emergency surgery
  • Closing Modbury Hospital’s High Dependence Unit (HDU)

As a result of Labor’s mismanagement and poor planning, the people of the North-East are having to travel farther to get the care they need.

The State Liberals' Plan

A Marshall Liberal Government will spend $110 million upgrading Modbury Hospital facilities and restoring vital services that the Weatherill Government removed as part of its controversial Transforming Health changes.

The State Liberals will:

  • invest $20 million to restore key services to the hospital, including a High Dependency Unit
  • complete the $90 million infrastructure investment announced last year

Our $110 million investment will help undo the damage of Transforming Health and reassert Modbury’s role as a community hospital.

The State Liberal’s plan for Modbury Hospital includes:

Establish a 4-bed High Dependency Unit at Modbury Hospital.

A High Dependency Unit will:

  • reduce the risk to patients with more than one condition, making more procedures possible at the hospital
  • provide a base for a medical emergency team within the hospital
  • ease the pressure on the Modbury Emergency Department
  • reduce the need for ambulance transfers to other hospitals
  • enable patients requiring breathing support to be stabilised before transfer
  • ease the pressure on Lyell McEwin Hospital

Support surgical teams on-site to undertake emergency surgery for both emergency department presentations and patients within the hospital who need critical care.

Redistribute surgical services across the northern hospitals with Modbury taking a larger volume of low to medium complexity surgery.

This redistribution will be driven by clinicians and the new Health Board to be established by a Liberal Government.

It will allow people to get care closer to home, and ease the overcrowding at Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Allow surgical inpatients to stay longer at Modbury Hospital to support their recovery.

Currently, Modbury Hospital focuses on day surgery. Under the Liberals, Modbury will allow surgical patients to stay for up to 3 days.

The flexibility to allow patients to stay longer if needed will mean that more people will be able to get their treatment at Modbury.

Deliver a significant infrastructure investment.

The State Liberals will deliver a significant $90 million infrastructure investment which includes a new $15 million palliative care centre and $9 million Acute Medical Unit.

This investment will improve services, amenities and aesthetics, addressing years of Labor neglect.

Expand training places to support health workforce development.

The Liberal Party will make more hospital services available closer to where people live and ensure Emergency Departments can cope with a greater range of emergencies.

Part of our plan for SA